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Do you look both ways before crossing the street? Not likely, reports a team of researchers at the University of Washington. They observed the behavior of more than 1,000 people as they crossed 20 high-risk intersections in Seattle during the summer of 2012. Only 25 percent of walkers looked both ways before crossing. Nearly one-third […]

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Have you ever had a bad case of indigestion after a meal? Also called dyspepsia, indigestion is a term used to describe a feeling of fullness or discomfort during or after a meal. It can be accompanied by burning or pain in the upper stomach. It might be because the chef didn’t properly prepare what was […]

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Noun: Relict  (REL-ikt) Definition: 1. A surviving species of an otherwise extinct group of organisms; also,  a remnant of a formerly widespread species that persists in an isolated area. 2. Something left unchanged. Sample sentence: This rare plant is a relict of a once abundant genus.

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Eyestrain is a common cause of headaches. Eyestrain occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as driving a car for extended periods, reading or working at a computer. Although eyestrain can be annoying, it usually isn’t serious and goes away once you rest your eyes. In some cases, signs and symptoms of […]

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Adverb: Piggyback  (PIG-ee-bak) Definition: 1. Up on the back and shoulders. 2. On or as if on the back of another; especially: on a railroad flatcar. Sample sentence: The youngest of the hikers had the advantage of riding piggyback through the muddy fields.

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Verb: Cajole  (kuh-JOHL) Definition: 1 a.  To persuade with flattery or gentle urging: coax. b.  To obtain from someone by gentle persuasion. 2. To deceive with soothing words or false promises. Sample sentence: Brianna was able to cajole some money from her father before leaving for the movies.  

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The secret may be serving fruits and vegetables at dinner and actually sitting down for a family meal. A new study from England’s University of Leeds found that youngsters who eat with their parents take in 1.6 more servings of fruits and vegetables than kids from families that don’t dine together. Another helpful strategy: cutting […]

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Verb: Indoctrinate (in-DAHK-truh-nayt) Definition: 1. To instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments: teach 2. To imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle. Sample sentence: Management needs to indoctrinate new hires with the company’s philosophy during a two-day orientation.

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Men’s big pot bellies are a known risk factor for heart disease, but a new study suggests that this extra tissue is also bad for bones. The belly fat at issue is the “visceral” fat found deep in the abdomen and considered particularly dangerous for heart health Investigators at Harvard Medical School evaluated 35 obese […]

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Noun: Allusion  (uh-LOO-zhun) Definition: 1. An implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also the use of such references. 2. The act of making an indirect reference to something. Sample sentence:  Speaking with characteristic bluntness after his promotion was announced, Sgt. Zimmer said he wanted to be the chief of police, but not of the Godfather […]

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